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Public parks play a key role in recreation and health of citizens. For children growing up in fast developing, concretised urbanscapes, time spent in parks is their only respite from walls — in their houses and schools and tuitions. It is a good thing for citizens, therefore, that renovation of parks gets a mention in almost all annual budgets of the Chennai Corporation.
However, a visit to some of the public parks in the city will break your heart. On the ground, these parks are anything but child friendly, with most of the play equipment and accessories to engage children ill-maintained and even badly damaged in most places.
Citizen Matters visited some of these parks and here is what it found as far as physical infrastructure is concerned:
A noticeable fall in crime and violence in the locality, speedy and efficient disposal of cases and impressive infrastructure, there is a lot that makes the K4 police station deserving of the rank and accolades it has received.
The Chennai Corporation has initiated a zero-waste plan for the city, but for any initiative to work from the ground up, the government isn’t necessarily the best placed to complete the entire cycle by itself. Can our city go circular to successfully crack the waste puzzle?